schedule of dive destinations involves relocating the vessel to different
locations in the country. This enables us to offer our clients the kind
of varied and exciting
diving that is consistent with Papua New Guinea's reputation for world
class underwater action as we choose to dive these regions during the
optimum weather conditions.
GOLDEN DAWN offers Northern Papua New Guinea. Our trips run from Madang
and Wewak. Madang departures go to the islands some 70nm east. The coastline
and surrounding islands offer some truly great diving.
islands of Bagabag, Crown and Long with their tall volcanic peaks and
their superb fringing reefs feature one newly discovered site "Julien's
Reef", is on par with "Carl's Ultimate", and is rich with
corals and large schools of barracuda
other pelagic species. The number of hammerhead
sightings on this itinerary have been numerous and tiger sharks have
also made appearances. The night anchorage's offer truly classic Milne
Bay type muck dives in the rich volcanic sand. Snake eels, inimicus,
turtles and cuttle fish are commonly sighted.
Further north on the Wewak run we start with some coastal wreck
diving near the islands of Muschu
and Kairuru. Here the Japanese were surprise attacked during WW2 and
a number of their armed merchant fleet were sunk. The testimony of time
has changed these wrecks
into large artificial
reefs, providing homes for an abundance
of marine life. Many species of scorpion fish can be found camouflaged
against the hull.
Ghost pipefish and frogfish have been sighted. You could easily spend
a few days on these wrecks. While the vis can be modest sometimes it
is generally around 100' (30m). Continuing north some 120nm towards
the equator the outer islands of Ninigo and Hermits provide
true atoll style diving
with visibility exceeding 130' (40m) the seas are calm and warm. On
this part of the journey we frequently encounter eagle rays, mantas,
devil, marble and cow rays, turtles and a huge pod of friendly dolphins.
One of the dive locations in this region, "The Dive", is another memorable
site with pelagic fish life in the thousands against a dramatic back
drop of reef in visibility that is in the region of 200' (60m).